Norovirus scare closes Union County school

Norovirus scare closes Union County school

UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Union County School closed Friday due to concerns over possible Norovirus.

Weddington Christian Academy school officials say 30 percent of students are out with an illness with symptoms similar to Norovirus.

School officials made the announcement Thursday.

"In order to keep our students and faculty from danger of contacting this virus, it is necessary for our facility to be thoroughly cleaned to eliminate further infections," school officials say.

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The school also says students must be fever and symptom free for 48 hours before returning to school, to avoid infecting others.

"This is a highly contagious infection. It is characterized by nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea, abdominal pain, and in some cases, loss of taste," Weddington Christian Academy school officials say.

A person usually develops symptoms 12 to 48 hours after being exposed to the infection.

The school hasn't said if they will reopen Monday.

A Matthews-based Christian school was closed Monday after health officials say dozens of staff members were sickened at a catered lunch. According to the Mecklenburg County Health Department, faculty members at Covenant Day School became ill with norovirus –like symptoms.

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